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David Gray's new album shows quieter side

of the Oakland Press

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David Gray's sessions for his 2009 album "Draw the Line" wound up yielding more than he planned -- in fact, a complete second album, the just-released "Foundling."

It is, however, a markedly different endeavor than its predecessor, encompassing the "quieter moments" from the sessions, without the British singer-songwriter's full band. "I would do stuff on my own," Gray, 42, explains, "and it was at times like that when some of these songs came together, so ('Foundling') is almost like the solo record I made in-between making the band record."

Gray says it took about six months before the assorted songs went from being "just one big, great, amorphous heap of music" and separate themselves into the two different bodies of work. "Some songs could've crossed over and been part of either record," Gray notes, "but by and large 'Foundling' has its own mood and identity. The basic bottom line of 'Founding' is understatement, really; we were just trying to hit it as softly as we possibly could on a lot of these songs."

Gray is performing some of the "Foundling" material on his current summer tour with Ray LaMontagne, but he's also planning "something different" for when he goes on the road specifically to support that album.

"I see this (tour) as the closing chapter for 'Draw the Line,' and I think 'Foundling' needs to be presented in a different way," Gray explains. "I'll come back after a breather with a few shows to present ('Foundling') some time next year. I'll take stock and put a different scenario together, a completely different type of band and presentation, something smaller and more acoustic and more woody and organic."

David Gray, Ray LaMontagne and Serena Ryder perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $65 pavilion, $30 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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